Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Meme, Interrupted

As tagged by Geisha, Interrupted quite a while ago.

What I was doing:

10 years ago:
Nearing the end of my exchange year with the Yamamoto family in Maringá, Paraná. My mom was visiting me for the first time in Brazil, and we’d just returned from a trip to Rio. My host father picked us up in Londrina, and I had the surreal experience of my “real” family and my exchange family meeting. My life at that point consisted of playing capoeira, hanging out with friends, piano lessons, road trips and preparing for the inevitable return to the US.

5 years ago:
Graduating with an MBA in Marketing, thanking God I was done with business school. Making plans to move to Austin, Texas. Enjoying summer, blissfully unaware of how much my life would change in the following 3 months.

1 year ago:
Visiting my mom in the Bay Area, taking jewelry classes, picking out jewelry and shoes to go with my wedding dress and rehearsal dinner dress.

Suffering through 30 minutes of cardio at the gym. Eating lunch at Zambi. Making jewelry. Procrastinating on the investment memo I need to finish. Making fish and spinach salad for dinner. Enjoying a last night with Rico before his trip to Nampula this morning.

5 snacks I enjoy:
- cherry tomatoes
- cereal (All Bran or granola)
- peppadew flavor potato chips
- cashews
- fruit (mangoes, crisp apples, tangerines)

5 books I like:
- “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver
- “The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay
- “Dark Star Safari” by Paul Theroux
- “One River” by Wade Davis
- “Como Água para Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel

What I’d do with 100 million dollars:
- Start an investment fund
- Start a cultural foundation headquartered at the Casa Rosa
- Give fabulous anonymous gifts to my friends and relatives
- Get a personal trainer and chef
- Travel

5 places I’d love to run away to:
- Cuba
- Brazil
- Cape Town
- Mexico
- Barcelona

5 bad habits and/or pet peeves I have:
- peeling layers of skin off my lips, then chiding Rico for doing the same
- crooked paintings on the wall
- people who smack when they chew
- answering “Yes” or “No” when I haven’t properly heard the question
- routinely hitting snooze for between 15 minutes and an hour

5 things I like doing:
- writing
- reading blogs
- sunbathing
- dancing
- listening to loud music in the car

5 things I would never wear:
- a fur coat
- colored contacts
- too much makeup
- short-shorts in public
- high-waisted pants

5 tv shows I like:
- Law & Order
- Brothers and Sisters
- Pushing Daisies
- The Closer
- What Not to Wear

5 famous people I’d like to meet:
- Obama
- Angelina Jolie
- Steve Jobs
- William Easterly
- Nelson Mandela

5 people I’d like to see fill this out:
- Southern Goddess
- Jenna at Bugigangas
- Safiya
- Brandi
- Rio Gringa


Amber said...

Hey you. ;)

What is peppadew?

LOVE The Poisonwood Bible.

I would love to meet most of your people, as well.

ox :)

Ali la Loca said...

~Amber - Peppadew is a delicious sweet/spicy pickled red pepper that is very popular in South Africa. They make Lays potato chips with that flavor, and I love them!

Rachel said...

ooo may seems to be meme month! i'm on it.

Southern Goddess said...

Thanks for the tag, it's my first! You like me, you really really like me - OK, wait, where did I steal that from :)?

Rrramone said...

Thanks for not picking me. :-)

A book you will like:
The River Why by David James Duncan. Hope you are well!!

Ali la Loca said...

~Rachel - loved your answers! Thanks for playing.

~Southern Goddess - look forward to reading a bit more about you when you complete this meme. :)

~Rrramone - Man, you only draw! How could I pick you for a wordy meme...it just wouldn't be right! You can self-select if you are really motivated, though. :)

Thanks for the book recommendation.

Brandie said...

Hey, how is everything going?

It took me a while but i did it!!

Check it out on my blog